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Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt and human rights and employment lawyer Emilie Taman discuss issues at the intersection of law, politics, and policy. What happens in our courts and the halls of power affects you.

Feed your brain with answers to your most burning political and legal questions.

Check out more at: www.michaelspratt.com

And join the Docket's discord channel to chat and listen to live recordings: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

The Docket Michael Spratt, Emilie Taman

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Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt and human rights and employment lawyer Emilie Taman discuss issues at the intersection of law, politics, and policy. What happens in our courts and the halls of power affects you.

Feed your brain with answers to your most burning political and legal questions.

Check out more at: www.michaelspratt.com

And join the Docket's discord channel to chat and listen to live recordings: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    Changing Minds on Decriminalization

    Changing Minds on Decriminalization

    So, episode 134 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    Your weekly law podcast (that only sporadically releases episodes) is back!

    Emilie and Mike do a 15 minute rapid fire review of all everything that has happened since the last episode and then Mike is joined by law professor and former Special Adviser and Legal Counsel to Prime Minister Steven Harper Ben Perrin.

    During his time in politics Perrin was a tough on crime true believer, but he has changed his mind - especially when it comes to drugs, the opioid epidemic, and decriminalization. Mike and Ben talk about that evolution in thinking and how Canada's current drug policy of criminalization is contributing to a deadly overdose epidemic.

    Read Perrin's oped in the Calgary Herald: I used to agree with Kenney and Poilievre on criminalizing drug users, but I was wrong

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes or you favourite podcast app to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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    Enjoy

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Trucker Bail

    Trucker Bail

    So, episode 133 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    After almost a month of inflicting harm and havoc in Ottawa, the extremist trucker protest is over. But the lawless takeover of Canada’s capital city and the dramatic police action required to restore peace were troubling tests of our democracy. The occupiers inflicted prolonged and unrelenting harm on an entire city.

    It seemed to take the federal government invoking the Emergencies Act to end the siege.

    Make no mistake, resort to the Emergencies Act is an admission of failure. A failure by the police to maintain public peace, a failure by the city and province to take the threat to our democracy and safety seriously, and a failure of federal leaders to engage in an honest discussion about the fundamental inequities in our society.

    But the occupation is over, and now the court cases begin.

    This episode we break down Canada's bail system and take a closer look at why the leaders of the occupation, Pat King and Tamara Lich, were denied bail and remain behind bars.

    You can read Pat Kings bail decision here

    Please visit www.ottawafund.ca to learn more about the class action lawsuit against the truckers and how you can help!

    You can read Michael's take on the troubling reaction to the occupation by some in the law community here: Did Canada become a police state after the protest in Ottawa? Hardly

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes or you favourite podcast app to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Suing the truckers

    Suing the truckers

    So, episode 132 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    After more than two weeks the truck protestors are still wreaking havoc in Ottawa and the city and police have sat idly by and played footsie with extremists.

    So, who will step up and save the city?

    This episode Emilie and I speak with a very special guest, Emilie Taman! Yes, our very own Emilie is suing the truckers. Paul Champ, Emilie, and her colleagues have launched a class action lawsuit against the unvaccinated extremists. And they accomplished what no one else could - they silenced the horns.

    Please visit www.ottawafund.ca to learn more about the class action and how you can help!

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 49 min
    Truck Protests and Crown Juror Friendships

    Truck Protests and Crown Juror Friendships

    So, episode 131 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    After a holiday hiatus the Docket returns to discuss the racist and extremist "trucker" protest in Ottawa and a bizarre and troubling story about an Ottawa Crown Attorney who was on the same soccer team as a key juror in a murder trial he was prosecuting.

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 44 min
    Race in sentencing

    Race in sentencing

    So, episode 130 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    Last week the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in R. v. Morris, considering how sentencing courts should take evidence of anti-Black racism into account on sentencing. Although the Court of Appeal affirmed that racism is a relevant factor on sentencing, there were some questionable parts of the decision.

    This episode we are joined by Reakash Walters, lawyer at Addario Law Group, award winning podcaster, and soon to be Supreme Court law clerk to break down the Court of Appeal's decision.

    A huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 15% off Modern Criminal Evidence for our listeners. Just visit emond.ca/docket and enter code DOCKET15 at checkout.

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too).

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 55 min
    Are the feds really fighting Indigenous kids in court

    Are the feds really fighting Indigenous kids in court

    So, episode 129 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

    Is the federal government really fighting Indigenous kids in court?

    Yes, they are. And they keep losing.

    We chat with the amazing Anne Levesque about her work with Cindy Blackstock and the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society, who are fighting against the government's discriminatory underfunding of services for Indigenous kids.

    This is a fight that has been ongoing for over a decade. Each time the Caring Society wins, the government uses every procedural trick and avenue of appeal to avoid its responsibilities. Most recently, the Caring Society won big in the Federal Court, where the government's application for a judicial review of a landmark Human Rights Tribunal compensation order for First Nations children was dismissed.

    This is such an important case and the amazing advocates fighting for equality are heroes. You can help support the fight and donate to the Caring Society here: https://fncaringsociety.com/donate

    A huge thanks to Emond Publishing for supporting the podcast. For our listeners, Emond is offering 15% off Modern Criminal Evidence for our listeners. Just visit emond.ca/docket and enter code DOCKET15 at checkout.

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

    Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

    If you like show spread the word.

    Enjoy

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
385 Ratings

385 Ratings

Shabmsk ,

One of my favourite podcasts

I enjoy listening to this podcast so much. Learned a lot about canadian law and how the justice system works. They explain all these interesting law concepts so well, easy to understand and follow. Also i think their point of views complement each other very well that it brings out different aspects of the issue they’re talking about.
Wish they released episodes more often.

Kalimata101 ,

Making a Legal Podcast interesting

Hosted by a highly respected defence lawyer, and a highly respected crown attorney, The Docket is a podcast for the layperson, not just the law person.

Emily and Michael discuss important legal issues and decisions in common language, and help to explain complex legal concepts in Canadian law.

Occasional guests bring unique perspectives on cases, and the discussions informative.

An excellent podcast.

TheRealArtGordon ,

One of my favourites

I’ve been a listener for years now and I love this podcast. The host and hostess are rational and poignant. I really enjoy this podcast!

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